Despite its central position, this two-Michelin-star Japanese restaurant is a little difficult to discover, but it is well worth the effort. During my time in Osaka, I discovered it to be the greatest restaurant in the Dotonbori district. I sat at the counter and ate my meal.
Pros: + Delectable Japanese fare on offer. The mackerel sushi that was served was some of the greatest sushi I’ve ever had.
+ A welcoming and easygoing environment. + The cook was really chatty and upbeat, and the rest of the customers (all Japanese) seemed to be having a good time as well. As a result of the language barrier, I was able to keep myself engaged by observing the chef at work.
+ Low entry threshold: Once we found the location, everything went smoothly from then. Being a foreigner did not pose a difficulty since some English was spoken, or at the very least was understandable. A few members of the workforce were fluent in English, but the majority were unable to converse effectively in it. I was sitting at the counter as the food began to arrive………. If I became perplexed with any of the dishes, the staff was always willing to provide a hand. In addition, I obtained an English translation of the menu, which you may like to bring with you.
– The interior design is very simple, even on a Japanese scale.
The set supper consisted of 12 dishes, for which I paid around 20,000 yen. It is a lot of money, but when you compare it to other highly rated restaurants in the neighborhood, it is a fantastic deal in the long term.
The restaurant is situated in a short, peaceful lane with a variety of traditional eateries slightly south of and parallel to Dotonbori, which is a popular tourist destination in Tokyo. Honkogetsu is located around half way along the alley. Despite the fact that I knew approximately where the restaurant was supposed to be (thanks to Google Maps), I still went past it three times. On the opposite side of the lane lies Kigawa, another excellent Michelin-starred restaurant, while Honkogetsu is a short distance west of Kigawa. Because the name is not written in latin characters, it is necessary to write it down in Japanese. Also, try searching for “Honkogetsu” on Google Images — you’ll get a picture of the entrance there.
If you’re searching for a traditional Japanese restaurant in Dotonbori that serves really wonderful food, this would be my recommendation.
Cuisine Type: Japanese
Address: 1-7-11 Dotombori, Chuo-ku, Osaka, 542-0077, Japan
Phone: +81 6-6211-0201
Website: Honkogetsu Official Site
Hours: Closed: lunch : Monday-Saturday, Sunday
Michelin Stars: 2